MLCreations Photography: Blog en-us (C) MLCreations Photography (MLCreations Photography) Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:38:00 GMT Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:38:00 GMT MLCreations Photography: Blog 120 120 Tangierine Cafe Morocco, World Showcase, Epcot

Tangierine CafeTangierine CafeOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 800

]]> (MLCreations Photography) epcot night photography walt disney world Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:37:53 GMT
Rising Lighthouse Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

When I go to Walt Disney World it is not always about the theme parks.  There are amazing areas throughout the property and some of the best theming occurs at the resorts.  The first time I stayed at the Beach Club I fell in love with the Crescent Lake area.  To this day I can still find enjoyment exploring around the lake.  A particular favorite subject of my photography is the Yacht Club lighthouse.  I can always capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset that includes this iconic structure.  This is one of those sunrises...

Rising LighthouseRising LighthouseOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/20 & 1/40s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) disney landscape photography reflection sunrise walt disney world Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:59:04 GMT
Open Water Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Open WaterOpen WaterOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunset water Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:30:53 GMT
Beach Ending Delta Lake State Park

After a week of not finding the time or the conditions didn't lend themselves or blah, blah blah...  I made it back out for some sunset images.  I returned to my favorite state park, OK, maybe it is my favorite because it is 5 minutes away, but anyway, I got outside with the camera.  There was some nice cloud cover but it was moving in fast.  It became a race between the sun and the clouds.  The clouds won by a narrow margin but I still was able to get a few images before they obscured the sunset.

Beach EndingBeach EndingOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park sunset Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:36:53 GMT
The Fallen Delta Lake State Park

The FallenThe FallenOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park winter Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:42:23 GMT
Snippets Walt Disney World

Not every image needs to be grand.  Not every image needs to tell the whole story.  Sometimes, only a snippet of an image is needed to wake the mind and have it fill in the rest of the story.  Sometimes, those images are the ones remembered as best...

Exterior SpaceExterior SpaceOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 200 Dark MountainDark MountainOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 400 Abstract ImaginationAbstract ImaginationOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography walt disney world Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Delta Wide Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

I haven't processed all the images I captured last Saturday while I was snowshoeing around Delta Lake State Park.  So this morning I figured I should make an effort to do a few.  Next to the beach area there is a small pond sandwiched in between the trails.  The volume of water generally rises and falls with the level in the lake.  With the clouds in the sky, the sun trying to poke its way through to my right and the frozen water I wanted to capture the entire scene from one of the ends of this area.  I don't have a super-wide lens but I do know how to capture images for a panorama.  This image is a 10 shot panorama.

Delta WideDelta WideOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f/11, ISO 200 (10 shot pan)

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome monochrome winter panoramic photography state park Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:19:42 GMT
Griffith Park and the Observatory Griffith Park and Observatory, Los Angeles, CA

It has taken about a week but I finally made it around to working on the remaining pictures from my adventure to the Griffith Observatory.  We will have to see how I do after I add the pictures to this post.  You will either end up with some great narrative associated with each picture or a picture adventure full of silence...

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]]> (MLCreations Photography) Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Autumn Frozen Squared - SQ119

Autumn FrozenAutumn FrozenFujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, 1/8s, 55mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography squared Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:06:56 GMT
Snowy Solitude Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

Mother Nature was not done with us.  After a week of nice, above normal weather, winter returned in full force Thursday night/Friday morning.  I ended up snow blowing the driveway three times on Friday.  I worked from home because after an early attempt on the roads I decided it was not worth attempting.  And then, after a short 16 hours of snowing, it was over.  The snow hung on everything creating a beautiful winter wonderland. 

By the middle of the day Saturday the temperature was in the middle 30's and I ventured out to Delta Lake State Park before all the snow fell off the trees.  The snow was deep enough to give me quite a workout with the snowshoes.  An hour exploring the park with the camera and I was feeling it in my quads.  I think I managed to capture some good images.  I'll start with a isolated view of a couple of the benches at the edge of the beach...

Snowy SolitudeSnowy SolitudeOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape monochrome winter photography state park Sun, 04 Mar 2018 10:35:39 GMT
Griffith Observatory Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, California

A last minute adjustment to a supplier visit had me traveling to California this week.  It was suppose to be a quick trip so I decided not to bring any camera equipment along.  That was a mistake.  The supplier was prepared and I was able to complete my inspection by noon on Wednesday.  My flight back was not until Thursday morning.  With some free time on my hands I drove up to Griffith Park to explore the Griffith Observatory.  I was in geek heaven!  It was amazing!

Although I was regretting not bringing a camera with me, my phone manages to capture halfway respectable images.  I can do quite a lot of editing with the apps on my phone but ended up using Lightroom Mobile to get them sync'd up with my computer.  I did not have the proper time to process all of the pictures so I will warn everyone now that another post will be coming for my trip to the observatory.

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]]> (MLCreations Photography) griffith observatory landscape photography sunset travel Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:43:15 GMT
Winter on the Lake Delta Lake State Park

I was not a happy camper yesterday.  I awoke to the sound of wind and rain on my window.  My hope for going out to capture a sunrise was quickly diminishing.  So were my plans to test the X-T2 a little more before I needed to send it back.  The day unfolded and my mood only worsened.  I'll admit, I pouted.

I should have had faith in Mother Nature.  We are usually on good speaking terms.  Around 3:30 in the afternoon she came through for me.  The sun worked its way through the clouds and as I looked to the west I could tell it was going to be a good sunset.  I got the cats fed, charged up the camera battery and headed over to Delta Lake State Park for the show.  It was so worth it!

I'm really enjoying the manual adjust dial layout on the X-T2.  I can adjust the exposure quickly without removing my eye from the viewfinder.  The multi-angled view screen is great for when I switch to portrait mode as well.  The small joystick for re-positioning the focus point just works for me.  I had a good time on the frozen lake last night.  Hopefully this image reflects my mood...

Winter on the LakeWinter on the LakeFujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, 1/60s, 33mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography state park sunset Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:28:05 GMT
Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-T2

It has been a little over two years since I switched from my Nikon setup to Olympus.  I love this camera.  Everything I need fits easily in my backpack.  The smaller size equipment allows me to take it everywhere without creating issues for me.  The only downside I currently have is the low-light performance.  I find for my normal landscape work around sunrise and sunset it is not to much of an issue.  Sometimes I have to utilize a longer exposure or open up the aperture a few stops but I have been able to get the images I wanted.  On my last trip to Disney I found the camera a little limiting while trying to capture more night images.  I'm looking into possibilities for improving my game...

I rented the Fujifilm X-T2 camera, the Fujinon 23mm f/2 and Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lenses for a week.  I didn't want to give up the advantages of the mirrorless system but wanted to see if the larger sensor improved my night time results.  I have also been looking at the Sony A7R II/III system but not sure I need to go all the way to full frame (the sticker shock might be a contributing factor in those thoughts).  I might rent the Sony at some point down the road to see if the price is justified.  I also believe part of this looking elsewhere is due to the cost of the upgrade to my camera.  Not sure it helps with what I want for the price.

Of course, as luck would have it, I rent the Fujifilm equipment for a week starting on Friday but I neglected to inform Mother Nature.  She can be so cruel some times.  I managed to go out Saturday morning to Bellamy Harbor Park to try out the system.  As I am writing this post this morning I can hear the wind and rain against my windows and I know my opportunities today will be very limited.  And to add to my predicament, I have to go out of town this week for work (very last minute) so unless I am willing to take it with me, my rental week will be very short.

One of the aspects of the X-T2 that I was interested in is the systems ability to simulate various Fujifilm film types.  In particular, the Acros 100 mode.  I was not a big film photographer when I was younger and really only became serious about photography in the digital age but I do love a good monochrome image.  My apologies now, most of the images in this post are the straight out of camera Acros simulation images.  Hopefully, I'll have some opportunities to play with more features/functions of this camera before I have to send it back.

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]]> (MLCreations Photography) fujifilm x-t2 photography Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:53:06 GMT
Imperial Oil Can Project - OCP09

What I couldn't believe the other day when I had my little light studio setup for the lantern was I had never "officially" photographed this oil can.  It is the first oil can that I purchased when I started the project.  At the time I might have taken a quick image with the phone and posted it out to Instagram but I never returned to this can to "get it right."  Hopefully this time I did the can a little most justice...

ImperialImperialOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 15mm, f/8, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome oil can oil can project photography reflection Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:36:28 GMT
Slinky, part II Game Pieces - GP12

I know what you're thinking, and you are right.  Where the heck are the new Game Pieces pictures.  Talk, talk, talk.  All talk, planning, grand designs, but no actual pictures to speak of.  I want to say I have been trying but that would not be entirely true.  So, not exactly a new subject, but it is a new image.

Slinky, Part II - while I had everything setup the other day to photograph the Dietz Lantern, I grabbed my trusty slinky to played with a few setups and lighting options.  I am sure a few of you are getting tired of the black background with the reflective black surface, but in this particular case, it works really well.  I feel I am getting to understand my flashes and how best to utilize them.  Let me know what you think...

Slinky, part IISlinky, part IIOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/30s, 30mm, f/2.8, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) game piece monochrome photography Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Tree Line Monochrome Winter

After the Sunday chores were completed, i.e., groceries and cleaning, I headed out into winter reborn for a walk along the creek and into the fields behind the house.  I'm still trying to determine the quality of the pictures I captured while sloshing through the creek bed but I do like the simplicity of this image.  I was walking from the woods back toward the house when the snow covered tree line caught my eye.


Tree LineTree LineOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 100

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape monochrome monochrome winter photography Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:29:56 GMT
Dietz #80 Dietz #80 Blizzard Cold Blast Lantern

Does using the term "better late than never" really make a difference?  I don't even have a good reason why it has taken me so long to get back to this lantern.  It is the second lantern I received for Christmas.  My son was very proud of himself for going to an antique store and finding this for me.  In my head I was afraid of this one.  It is taller than anything else I have tried to photograph with my indoor setup.  I had to get a little creative.  It definitely turned into a Rube Goldberg type setup to achieve what I wanted for this lantern.

I wanted to improve the lighting setup.  This beautiful old lantern deserved a little better presentation than I was getting with my previous images.  I utilized some natural light from a window and added a few fill flashes to highlight the details.  I needed a few attempts to figure out what I was doing and to get the look I wanted.  I'm quite happy with the results.  Let me know what you think...


Dietz #80Dietz #80Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 12mm, f/8, ISO 200




]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome photography reflection Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:54:55 GMT
Shadow over my Dreams Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Shadow over my DreamsShadow over my DreamsNikon D5100, Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX, {1/50, 1/125 & 1/320s bracket}, 15mm, f/8, ISO 400

]]> (MLCreations Photography) hdr magic kingdom photography walt disney world Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:48:34 GMT
Tunnel Vision Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

Another creation from my lunch exploration of the Old Erie Canal Park near work last week when we still had some snow.  Although the water level was low and it allowed me to get down into the creek, there was some good speed to the water which created the ripples.  It was an overcast, winter day so there was nothing of the sky to capture.  I am totally in love with the stone work of the aqueduct so I captured a three shot bracket in order to bring out the detail in the shadows.  My original plan was to create this image as a B&W, but there was not enough tonal difference between the water and aqueduct and everything turned out the same with this white spot in the middle.  I decided to desaturate the image which allowed for the separation of the aqueduct from the water.

Tunnel VisionTunnel VisionOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/30 & 1/50s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) photography state park water winter Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:19:32 GMT
Come Sit With Me Bellamy Harbor Park

It might not be the most exciting place in the world, heck, it is a little "harbor" at the bottom of Rome, NY, but in the quiet hours of the morning it can be a very beautiful place to be.  I remember when the city added the benches on this side of the park.  Not many people venture across the pedestrian bridge.  If you do though, you are rewarded with a scene like this. 

Sit.  Enjoy the morning.  Listen...  only the sound of water flowing over the spillway.  Relax.  The day is young...

Come Sit With MeCome Sit With MeOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

]]> (MLCreations Photography) landscape photography sunrise water winter Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:14:52 GMT